Rooftop restaurants at Mumbai’s star hotels can now serve liquor

Star hotels in Mumbai and across the state will now be able to serve liquor on the establishments’ rooftops. The state home department on Thursday issued a government resolution (GR) clearing a rooftop policy and liquor licences for these star hotels.

Currently, rooftop restaurants at star hotels do not have the licence to serve liquor. The newly-cleared policy streamlines liquor licences and regulates the permissions for rooftop restaurants in the state, senior bureaucrats said. “We do not want restaurants to come up in a haphazard manner. Our stress is on compliance with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) policy. Only starred hotels — three star, four star and five star — can apply for such liquor licences,” said an official.